Humboldt County checking voter systems after alleged election hacking

Leaked documents show US vote hacking risks

In a statement, the company appeared to confirm that it had been targeted, saying that "a handful" of customers had received fraudulent e-mails, but that there was "no indication that any of them clicked on the attachment or were compromised as a result".

The government report doesn't directly name the company, but it does reference the vendor VR Systems numerous times, and the company has since responded publicly after the leaked NSA report was made public.

Reality Winner, 25, the NSA contractor accused of leaking the report to the Intercept, an online news organization, had an apparent motive: Her Twitter feed (under the name Sara Winners) shows she was disappointed when Donald Trump won the election.

He said VR Systems, which serves 64 of the 67 Florida counties, provides an electronic poll book which pulls up your voting information at the polls. "We don't have evidence that that happened", he said, "but that's a very real possibility".

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections attorney Ron Labasky says even with the intrusion, hackers never got access to ballots or voting software. "Additionally, voting machines are not connected to the internet".

The attempted hack came in the form of an email disguised as an updated user guide from that company, VR Systems.

The emails packed malware into Microsoft Word documents and were forged to give the appearance of being sent by the system vendor, VR Systems of Tallahassee, Florida.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied widely made allegations by USA officials that Russia was involved in efforts to game the election.

Lewis said she and a few others in the office were targeted on November 7, the day before the election won by Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

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Seminole Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel uses VR Systems software for voter registration but not the software for identifying voters at the polls, which was the target of the cyberattack attempt. Hart InterCivic could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

"I think the important thing for the public is that the story is not directed toward our ability to cast and count ballots".

The company added that it had policies and procedures in place to protect their customers. Elections are run by counties in the United States.

The elections "department participated in an informational call with the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to elections security at the end of September 2016 where they alerted officials for the need to maintain security measures, but there was no indication of a Florida-specific issue". Prosecutors did not say which federal agency employed victor, but FBI agent Justin Garrick said in an affidavit filed with the court that she had previously served in the Air Force and held a top-secret security clearance.

In Floyd County, VR Systems supports electronic pollbooks, which is how voters sign in. Boyd said that the Office of Emergency Services is also unaware of any other counties that use VR Systems.

"A lot of those vendors are quite small", Hall said.

"These are our worst fears", said Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, who researches voting systems. Victor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. CBS News confirmed the authenticity of the report Monday after the five page document was published by "The Intercept".

The odd tale of former NSA contractor Reality Winner just got stranger, after a USA senator alleged the information she leaked about Russian hacking under-stated the extent of Russia's activities. "Do you see us as partners and helpers in this, to help... help you make sure that your systems are protected", he asked.

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